Arizona Invitational: Olympians Roland Schoeman, Darian Townsend and Matt Grevers Record Victories

MESA, Arizona, May 27. ROLAND Schoeman, Darian Townsend and Alyssa Anderson each won their second event of the meet and Matt Grevers won his first as the third day of racing at the Arizona Invitational concluded this evening.

Last night, Sandpipers' Olivia Barker settled for second in the 200 fly. Tonight, she bested the entire field in the 100 fly with a solid time of 1:00.87. Tucson Ford's Erin Campbell finished runner-up with a 1:01.36, while Campbell's teammate and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Christine Magnuson picked up third in 1:01.86. The men's 100 fly featured a three-way battle between a trio of Arizona-based swimmers. Phoenix Swim Club's Roland Schoeman got to the wall first in 53.35, followed by Arizona's Giles Smith (53.52) and Tucson Ford's Masa Kishida (53.87). Schoeman also won the 50 free last night.

Arizona's Alyssa Anderson didn't appear to be too tired after her two wins last night as she dominated the field in the women's 200 free super-final. Anderson nearly broke the 2-minute barrier but finished in 2:00.53, well ahead of Gold Medal's Shannon Landgrebe (2:03.30). Arizona's Margo Geer placed third in 2:04.34. Three Tucson Ford swimmers battled it out in the men's 200 free super-final. Darian Townsend pulled away the second half of the race to win in 1:50.08. Adam Ritter finished a second back in 1:51.05, while Jean Basson touched in 1:51.19.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan Hauber of Phoenix Swim Club turned in the fastest performance in the women's 100 back at 1:04.11, half a second in front of Tucson Ford's Maggie Meyer. Arizona's Emma Darlington completed the podium with a 1:05.26. Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 back, proved to be too strong for the rest of the field as he ran away with the event in 54.21. Arizona's Mitchell Friedemann separated himself for second with a 56.18, while teammate Ellis Miller swam a 58.74 for third.

In the final event of the evening, Sandpipers' Catie Miller swam a 4:57.00 to win the women's 400 IM, just off her prelim swim of 4:54.00. Wild West Aquatics' Sam Harding finished second in 5:00.17, while Brianna Francis of Devil Ray touched in 5:02.84 for third. Arizona's Austen Thompson won the men's 400 IM in 4:31.51, with Sandpipers' Hannon Daigler (4:35.87) and Gold Medal's Derek Knittle (4:39.86) in second and third.

The men's and women's 200 free relays opened the night. Wild West's Eryn Murphy, Josi Gabaldon, Jorgi Hobson and Madi Burns won the women's race in 1:50.90, while Mesa Aquatics picked up the boys' win in 1:37.92 with Payton Sorenson, Seth Maddy, Tyler Guttmacher and Ross McDonnell.

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